Fun-loving Kendra Wilkinson-Baskett, who captured fans' hearts on "Girls Next Door" and "Kendra," is back -- sans the drama.

The former Playboy model returns to the small screen with her new reality show, "Kendra on Top," which premieres Tuesday at 10 on WE tv.

"This new season is completely different from my previous shows," says Wilkinson-Baskett. "'Kendra on Top' feels like a lighter and happier show. We're finally where we want to be."

Wilkinson-Baskett and her family -- husband and former NFL athlete Hank Baskett III, plus son Hank IV -- faced some struggles during her last reality show on E!


"There was a gray cloud hovering over me," she says of "Kendra." "Moving around for my husband's career was hard. I couldn't be happy; I was miserable. I had to pick up and move from city to city."

But she's found her party-girl groove again now that she and her family have a home. "We're stable and we're settled with an amazing 2-year-old son. We have balance," she says.

Don't worry: Wilkinson-Baskett didn't forget the fact that her fans fell in love with her outrageous personality.

"I always kept in mind what people think of me," she says. "I'm bubbly and outspoken, and for a while I lost that. I was a victim of my husband's career. I'm back to being myself."

So what got the star out of her darkness? Patience, she says.

"You can't give up. You have to know that there's a light at the end of the tunnel. Change is hard, but you have to play the game," she adds.

Expanding the family?

Wilkinson-Baskett says she and her husband have begun discussing having another child.

"There are no plans yet, but in a couple of months, why not?" she says. "Hank wants baby No. 2 more than I do."

As for Little Hank?

He's so good with other kids, "it's almost like he's asking for a brother or sister," she says.

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